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India beat England by 246 runs in the 2nd Test AFP

The second Test of the five-match series between India and England was played at Visakhapatnam. Batting first, India posted 455, with the help of skipper Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara‘s stunning tons. James Anderson and Moeen Ali scalped 3 wickets each. In return, England managed to score only 255 thanks to Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow‘s half-centuries. Ravichandran Ashwin bagged his 22nd five-wicket haul while the other Indian bowlers got one wicket apiece. After conceding a 200-run deficit in the first innings, England will take heart from their spirited bowling second time around. Fast bowler Stuart Broad and leg-spinner Adil Rashid claimed 4 wickets each to dismiss India for 204.

Chasing an unlikely 405 for victory, England were skittled out for 158 after having a strong start from openers Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed. Both men stonewalled for over 50 overs and frustrated Indian bowlers to get their wicket. Cook scored another Test fifty while Hameed got out on 25. Unfortunately, when England resumed their batting in the final day of the Test with the hope to stay at the crease as much as possible but the Indian bowlers wrapped up things inside 71 runs. The victory was India’s second biggest against England by runs and meanwhile, we present some mind-boggling numbers from this contest.

With 8 wickets in this Test Ravichandran Ashwin has now scalped 55 wickets in 2016. This is the most wickets taken by any bowler in 2016. Ashwin went past Rangana Herath’s tally of 54 wickets in 2016.

62 runs and 4 wickets by Jayant Yadav: Jayant became the second Indian to score 60 or more runs and scalp 4 or more wickets in his debut Test. Abid Ali was the first, with 66 runs and 7 wickets against Australia in 1967.

India beat England by 246 runs. This was India s biggest victory at home against England in terms of runs. India’s previous best margin victory was by 187 runs in 1961 at Kolkata. Overall, this is their second-biggest win against England in terms of runs after the 279-run win at Headingley in 1986.

King pair for James Anderson: Anderson became the 19th player to get out for a golden duck in each innings of a Test, third from England and fourth player against India.

King pairs in Test cricket
Player Team Against Year
William Attewell England Australia 1892
Ernie Hayes England South Africa 1906
Bert Vogler South Africa Australia 1910
Tommy Ward South Africa Australia 1912
Bob Crisp South Africa Australia 1936
Ian Colquhoun New Zealand England 1955
Colin Wesley South Africa England 1960
BS Chandrasekhar India Australia 1977
Gary Troup New Zealand India 1981
Dave Richardson South Africa Pakistan 1995
Adam Huckle Zimbabwe Pakistan 1998
Ajit Agarkar India Australia 1999
Adam Gilchrist Australia India 2001
Javed Omar Bangladesh India 2007
Ryan Harris Australia England 2010
Virender Sehwag India England 2011
Rangana Herath Sri Lanka Pakistan 2014
Dhammika Prasad Sri Lanka Pakistan 2015
James Anderson England India 2016

Virat Kohli became the 3rd captain to lead India in 15 consecutive Tests without any defeat after Sunil Gavaskar (18 Tests) and Kapil Dev (17). Kohli went past Mohammed Azharuddin’s tally of 14 consecutive Tests without any defeat.

England played 97.3 overs in 4th innings of this Test, their thirdmost in India. Earlier, they had played had 134 overs in 1964 at Mumbai and 116.2 overs in 1961 at Kolkata.

England’s 10 batsmen were out LBW. This is the most for them in Tests, and second team to do that against India. The first to achieve this was New Zealand, earlier this year at Kanpur.

This was the 19th defeat for England under Alastair Cook. Cook is second on this unwanted list after Michael Atherton (21 defeats). He went past David Gower’s tally of 18 today.

This was Kohli s first Man of the Match (MOM) award as captain in Test cricket. He became the 9th Indian captain to win a MOM award after Azhar (4), Kapil (4), Sachin Tendulkar (3), MS Dhoni (2), Sourav Ganguly (2), Rahul Dravid (1), Gavaskar (1) and Anil Kumble (1).

21 ducks by Anderson is the most for any England player. Anderson went past Atherton, Stuart Broad, Steven Harmison and Monty Panesar’s tally of 20 ducks.

Kohli became the 9th captain to score 200 in a Test 4 times. Kohli scored 248 (167 and 81) in this Test. There are only 9 instances of any team s captain scoring above 200 in a Test for 4 or more times. Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara lead the way with 7 times each. The others are Don Bradman (6), Bob Simpson (5), Graeme Smith (5), Michael Clarke (5), Greg Chappell (4), Allan Border (4) and Stephen Fleming (4).

Alastair Cook s 1,942 is the most for a batsman against India. Cook went past Matthew Hayden s tally of 1,888 runs. He has also scored second-most runs in India by an overseas batsman with 1,073. Only Clive Lloyd (1,359) has scored more.

Ashwin has now bowled 1,783 balls in 4th innings of Tests. This is the sixth-most for India, after Kumble (4,873), Harbhajan Singh (3,102), Bishan Singh Bedi (2,837), Bhagwat Chandrasekhar (2,076) and Kapil (2,020).

22nd five-wicket haul for Ashwin in Tests: This is the 4th highest number of 5-wicket hauls in Tests by any Indian bowler after Kapil (23), Harbhajan (25) and Kumble (35). After today s stunning performance, Ashwin has now 17 five-wicket hauls at home the third-most by any Indian bowler after Harbhajan (18) and Kumble (25).

24 catches for Joe Root in 2016. This is the joint-most catches by an England cricketer in a calendar year. The previous instance of 24 was also held by Root in 2015.

7 left-handed batsmen in England side. This is a record by any side against India. England had included 6 left-handers at Rajkot, while they replaced Chris Woakes with Anderson at Vizag.

65 dismissals for Jonny Bairstow in 2016. This is the 4th-most by any wicketkeeper in a calendar year in Tests after Ian Healy (67 in 1993), Mark Boucher (67 in 1998) and Adam Gilchrist (66 in 2004).

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with CricLife and CricketCountry.com. He can be followed at @abhik2593)